On January, 12, from 8:15–9:00 a.m., Dr. Brad Wilcox from University of Virginia and the Institute for Family Studies will provide a special 30-minute lecture plus Q&A as part of American Heritage’s high school masterclass series:

“For the Sake of Our Kids: How and Why Marriage Matters for Children’s Well-Being Today.”

Too many children are failing today. Too many boys are floundering at school, running into trouble with the law, and having difficulty launching successfully into adulthood. Too many girls are anxious, depressed, and worrying about their prospects for love and marriage. Part of the problem here is that too many children are growing up outside of strong and stable families. Professor Brad Wilcox of the National Marriage Project at theUniversity of Virginia will explain how and why kids raised by their own married parents are more likely to flourish in school, in life, and—later on—at work.”

We invite interested individuals to join us for this presentation and discussion at American Heritage School’s Salt Lake campus: 142 W 200 N, Salt Lake City.


Guests are invited to park in the east lot and enter the south-east entrance as shown in the map below (tap image to enlarge):

Rob Swenson

Rob Swenson is an award-winning composer, conductor, and music educator. In 2007, he founded the Heritage Youth Choirs, a faith-centered community choral program for children and youth. Under his direction, the program has grown to over 200 members and performed inspirational programs for audiences in 25 US states. In 2008, he joined the faculty at American Heritage School – a Christian-based private school in American Fork, Utah – where he teaches AP Music Theory, directs the 7-12 grade choirs, and serves as chair of the fine arts department. Rob’s choirs consistently receive ‘superior’ ratings at state festivals and have accepted invitations to perform for the UMEA mid-winter conference, the ACDA Utah conference, and the ACDA Western Division Conference. He has been recognized alongside other community influencers in Utah Valley Magazine’s “Fabulous 40” feature and was the recipient of the Rosalie J. Slater Teaching in Excellence Award. His original composition, “Go Forth From This House,” was recognized in the inaugural ACDA Utah composition contest and is distributed by Santa Barbara Music Publishing. His “Christmas Hosanna” won the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Christmas Carol Commission and will be published by Hinshaw Music in 2021. As the guest conductor of the 2019 Utah High School Women’s Honor Choir, he was commissioned by UMEA to write a new piece based on the Sarah Teasdale text “Leaves.”  He holds a master’s degree in music education from Brigham Young University and Level III OAKE-endorsed Kodály certification. He is an alumnus of the John Ness Beck Choral Composers Workshop where he studied composition with Craig Courtney, Dan Forrest, and Howard Helvey. He resides in Pleasant Grove with his wife, Kristy, their three boys, and a four-year-old princess.